So, there’s this video that went viral about a street vendor that was allegedly “recycling” kwek kweks to be sold again in the streets. As can be gleaned from the video, seems like he was preparing it in the street, possibly the same spot where he sells it — unwraps the orange coating and sets the egg aside into the water.
These acts, safe to say that the eggs will be re-sold again together with the new ones on that day.
we are concerned about the safety of the food being sold
I, personally, am fond of street foods, it’s tasty and cheap, Notwithstanding the fact that in college we were enlightened on the different hazards that comes from it. From what I recall, there are two aspects of Food — Chemical and Microbiological, thus, the hazard/s have a large probability that would come from either one of them or both. The life of a Food Technologist primarily revolves around these wherein the job is to set standards and to ensure that the same is being observed to render food safe and to have the optimum quality for the consumer.
Considering that a street vendor has a meager means to run its business, consequently, it compels him to find simple ways to economically suit its day-to-day activities. That’s why we cannot simply put all the blame to the vendor who opts to recycle his products, but that does not mean that this should be a generally acceptable practice especially when it is accustomed that there are a lot of people who crave for what the street has to offer.
as much as we want to enjoy, today’s time also calls for the setting of bounds, we shall determine where the line should be drawn as safety and welfare of the people is of utmost concern.
Section 15(c) of the IRR of the Food Safety Act states:
“xxx the LGU shall also be responsible for street food sale, including ambulant vending”
“The LGUs shall be responsible for the implementation of the food safety requirements of foods produced within their areas of jurisdiction xxx this shall include xxx street vended and/or ambulant vended foods and the requirements for activities and facilities for the production, handling, processing, preparation transport and storage of these foods”
It can be easily understood that LGUs are also mandated by law aside from the different government agencies concerned to implement food safety requirements, through food safety officers as defined in ArtII Sec4(p), hence, the need there is for a clear understanding of what is safe or not before a person can be held liable. I also wonder, among the things a Local Government is concerned with, aside from road repairs and waiting sheds, where does food safety appear on the list, or, does it even? :p
Referring once more to the video, can it be said that it does not comply with the requirements of food safety? The law refers to food safety as the assurance that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared or eaten according to its intended use. It must be noted that the provision made reference to something that has not yet occurred, hence, it is safe to say that the preparation stage is one of the critical points where the law sought to control as expressly stated also. Watch the clip again, you be the judge.
While it seems that the determination whether food is safe or not, is a complex task, it is a practice among everyone to use our senses as gauge — normally, if it looks or smells unfavorable then it’s not safe. However, there are also hazards that cannot be detected by mere senses (remember the milk tea incident?) that’s why we should always be mindful in preparing foods that we consume or sell for it is a joint responsibility to keep everyone away from harm. Nevertheless, it is good to know that people nowadays are more critical with regards to these kind of issues.